There are occasional pleasing moments: when schoolboy Oscar first meets Milo, his suave best friend, they share Turkish cigarettes that Milo claims are “mildly aphrodisiac” with all the pompous bonhomie of two old fossils in a leathery gentlemen’s club.
Though he got the full Camp David treatment last week, and while he did his best to feign bonhomie, the temperature was about 20 degrees cooler between him and George Bush than it used to be when Tony Blair was around.
Gerard Baker, The Times, 10 August 2007. The Times
At the Café Carlyle, Mr. Tyrell, a singer who exudes a rough-hewn bonhomie as he growls out songs in a down-home drawl, is giving two shows, singing standards, many associated with Frank Sinatra.
The visually sweeping film, written and directed by Christian Carion, is the kind of feel-good, feel-sad movie with a message that invites you to bask in the glow of communal bonhomie, as enemy soldiers lay down their arms, stagger out of their trenches and sing carols together on a frigid Christmas Eve.
Then there was Jimmy Carter, who had a kind of Sunday-school-teacher bonhomie (although one suspects that, on the eve of the White House Christmas party, he spent a little too much time working out who had been naughty and who had been nice).
"Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can be aroused by two things: first, an idea which takes the imagination by storm; and second, a definite, intelligible plan for carrying that idea into action" - Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975)